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ENERGY OBSERVER calls in at Amsterdam

ENERGY OBSERVER is a perfect illustration of ENGIE’s ambitions in the Netherlands: acting to achieve harmonious progress toward the zero-carbon transition, chiefly through green mobility.

This is the 35th stopover of ENERGY OBSERVER. The first hydrogen and renewable energy ship has been moored in Amsterdam - the second largest port in the Netherlands - since Friday, April 5, 2019.

This is an opportunity for the crew to discover the solutions supporting the energy transition proposed by the city, which aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 and by 55% by 2030.

“ENERGY OBSERVER’s arrival allows us to see a carbon-free maritime transport in the future, said Eduard De Visser, Strategy and Innovation Director at Port of Amsterdam. The production and distribution of green hydrogen is one of the key sectors for the Port of Amsterdam. Near the port – in the North Sea – one of the largest wind farms is under construction. The Port of Amsterdam is committed to developing the production of 100MW (15,000kt) of green hydrogen and thus encouraging real sustainable alternatives to marine and air hydro fuels”.

Green mobility is one response to the zero-carbon transition. ENERGY OBSERVER illustrates this, and so does EV-Box, an Amsterdam-based subsidiary of ENGIE which is responsible for more than 50,000 charging stations in 980 towns and cities in 26 countries.

4,000 electric charging stations in Rotterdam and The Hague

ENGIE and its subsidiary, EV-Box, operate 4,000 charging stations for electric vehicles in Rotterdam and The Hague. They are responsible for operating the infrastructure for a 12-year period and for supplying energy for the electric vehicles. The bulk of the cost of rollout is met by operating profits and the supply of electricity, which is a sustainable model for the Rotterdam authorities, enabling them to fight against global warming and improve air quality locally.

Key figures of the project

  • 4,000 charging
  • 12-year partnership
  • 20% saving in energy consumption by 2025
  • 4,000-tonne saving in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025
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